keep the passover

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night."

Deuteronomy 16:1

Abib” is a Hebrew word that describes ripening barley not yet fully mature, still green, but the seed heads have formed. In the month of ripening barley, then, the Lord God brought Israel out of Egypt. What are we to observe in that month? If you read the rest of Torah, you discover that Passover is to be observed in the month of Abib. We are to remember that we were once slaves in the kingdom of darkness, er, I mean, Egypt, and that God has delivered us from there into the kingdom of Heaven, er, I mean, Israel. The night He did this, was the night we applied the blood of the Passover Lamb to the doorposts of our hearts, er, I mean, our houses. We observe this feast as it is written every year, and give praise and thanksgiving to God for His deliverance. Abib barley was just discovered yesterday in Israel, and the new moon marking the start of the next month is due tomorrow … which makes this month, the month of Abib. Fourteen days from the new moon, we will be celebrating our Passover!

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good luck with that, you’ll need it

Headline in the Jerusalem Post today:

Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for War with Israel’

I can’t think of a single instance where war with Israel has turned out well for Egypt. Can you? If the Jerusalem Post had been around in centuries past, these are some headlines you might have seen:

God fights for Israel against the Egyptians, Egypt destroyed (Exo 5-14)

Egyptians flee before Judean army half its size (2 Chr 14)

Israel routs combined Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian forces in six days (sixdaywar.org)

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Rita Mae Brown, Sudden Death (Bantam Books, New York, 1983), p. 68

Prayer for Israel

May the eyes of Israel’s heart be enlightened – national and individual, Judah and Ephraim – so that she will know what is the HOPE of her calling! May she know what are the riches of the glory of her inheritance among the set apart ones! May she know what is the surpassing greatness of Elohiym’s power TOWARD us who believe! These are in accordance with the working of the STRENGTH of His MIGHT which He brought about in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead!  Eph 1:18-19

Yes, I speak resurrection and LIFE to Israel! May the dry bones live in the name of Messiah Yeshua! Open their graves and bring them up; bring them back to the land of Israel! May Israel know YHVH her Elohiym! May Israel receive the Spirit of YHVH and live, and be SETTLED in her own land! Eze 37:1-14

YHVH seated Messiah at His right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE all rule and authority and power and dominion! FAR ABOVE the US government and the Arab coalition and the UN and the tyrant of Iran! Messiah Yeshua is seated FAR ABOVE every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come! Eph 1:20-21

Therefore in the name and authority of Messiah Yeshua – Mat 28:18 – may the weapons, strategies, and desires of the wicked who have arrayed themselves not against Israel only, but against YHVH Creator of heaven and earth, be cursed, wither from the roots, fall to the ground effectiveless, and be trampled underfoot! For no weapon that is formed against Israel will prosper, and every tongue that accuses Israel in judgment will be condemned! This is the heritage of the servants of YHVH, for their vindication is from Him! Isa 54:17

Praise YHVH! For blessed is Israel – national and individual, Judah and Ephraim – who fears YHVH, who delights greatly in His commandments! For Israel’s descendants are mighty on earth; the generation of the upright is BLESSED! May wealth and riches be found in her house, and may the righteousness of Messiah Yeshua which is imputed to Israel endure forever! May the light of YESHUA arise in the darkness for Israel; may YHVH be gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous toward her!  May Israel deal graciously and lend; may Israel guide her affairs with discretion!

Surely Israel will never be shaken; for YHVH keeps Israel in everlasting remembrance. Israel will not be afraid of evil tidings; may her heart be steadfast, trusting in YHVH! May YHVH establish her heart, may Israel fear not, until she sees her desire upon her enemies! For Israel has dispersed abroad, Israel has given to the poor, and Israel’s righteousness endures forever! May Israel’s horn be exalted with honor!

The wicked who have arrayed themselves against Israel, and not against Israel only, but against YHVH Creator of heaven and earth, will see it and be grieved! May the wicked gnash his teeth and melt away; and ALL his desire perish! Amen! Ps 112

For YHVH has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all! Ps 103:19

Therefore bless YHVH, you His angels, who excel in strength! DO HIS WORD CONCERNING ISRAEL AND HER ENEMIES, Heed the voice of His word that we have voiced today in prayer!  Bless YHVH, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure! Ps 103:20-21

Minister today to ISRAEL who is destined to inherit salvation, nationally and individually, of both Judah and Ephraim! Heb 1:14

We speak in agreement with the Word of YHVH this day! May redemption, restoration, salvation, and VICTORY come forth this day for Israel, in the name of Yeshua Messiah, AMEN!

Headline of the day

Obama: Iran Has Right to Nuclear Power

How much of this is rhetoric planned to make Iran feel that the US is his buddy now? I wonder if Obama thinks that if the US throws Israel under the bus, Iran will play nice and not send its nukes here.

Because Obama is throwing Israel under the Muslim world bus. The US is pressuring Israel to accept a two state solution with Jerusalem as the Palestinian captial. If Israel remains stubborn, the Israeli air force might find repair parts for its fighters hard to come by, or they might find that we will be silent on their behalf in the U.N.

Isn’t it ironic that Obama feels that the US has no right to impose its values on the world … but of course, he means the MADMEN and WARMONGERS of the world. On peaceful nations such as Israel, he obviously feels he must impose his values …or else no IDF repair parts for you!

The problem for the U.S., is that there is someone far greater to fear than Iran. Israel is the apple of YHVH’s eye, not Iran (and certainly not us). Hey, if Obama wants to be on the Lord’s bad side, that is his personal choice. I just wish he wouldn’t drag the whole nation with him.

"Ho, Zion! Escape, you who are living with the daughter of Babylon." For thus says the LORD of hosts, "After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye. "For behold, I will wave My hand over them so that they will be plunder for their slaves. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me. "Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," declares the LORD. "Many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. "The LORD will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His holy habitation." Zech 2:7-13

Holocaust Remembrance Day

The UN’s conference on racism started today. Labeled "Durban II", it is really just an excuse for the most repressive regimes in the world to get together to bash Israel. During Durban I, held just days before the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, Israel was disproportionately singled out for censure by Islamic regimes, while the human rights violations that take place in their own countries every day were never even mentioned.

As a case in point as just how unserious this UN conference is, one of the keynote speakers is Ahmadinejad, the madman of Iran. During his speech today, while he again denied the Holocaust and called for the elimination of Israel, 23 delegates walked out. Twenty-three countries had conviction and acted upon it! It should have been a lot more. The Holocaust was not that long ago.

There is a reason the Israel haters at the UN scheduled this conference to open this week. Tonight begins Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, a serious and somber national holiday. You can read about the torch lighters – Holocaust survivors and their heart- wrenching stories – who will be taking part in ceremonies in Israel here.

The US boycotted this conference "with regret." There was uncertainty up to the last minute whether Hilary Clinton would give the green light to attend or not. But in the end, our government did the right thing, and refused to participate in the kangaroo court conference whose only aim is not to address racism, but to spew anti-Semitism (ironic, isn’t it?).

Israel apartheid week

Did you know that this week (March 1-7) has been designated Israel Apartheid Week? It began five years ago with a university in Canada, which spent the week condemning Israel for atrocities against the Palestinians, and engaging in apartheid  a la South Africa. Seriously! I believe this week is chosen every year because it is the week Purim is to begin. What irony – Purim, the holiday commemorating God’s deliverance of the Jews from the hatred of Haman in the Persian Empire, at the hands of Queen Esther. Now the enemies of Israel have turned it into a time to inflame hatred against Israel once again.

The movement has spread to hundreds of universities world wide. This is another reason we either need to see reformation in our colleges, or bypass them altogether for higher education. If you are aware of a university in your area engaging in demonstrations against Israel, go and add your voice of support for Israel. Find a way to bless a Jewish student organization at your university this week of all weeks, so our brothers of Judah know they are not alone, and do not have to bear this hatred alone.

Update: This blog has a great roundup of information on Israel Apartheid Week, as well as an excellent pro- Israel blog roll.